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Please share your bar exam success story?!

I am slightly freaking out (and by slightly I mean absolutel newbie107/15/15
i need this too. i am in the same boat. i feel like i havent frizzzx8607/15/15
First time I took the bar, studied for 4 months, 4-8 hours a roadrage07/19/15
Make sure that you have done hundreds and hundreds of multi- jhbufford07/15/15
Work smarter, not harder. Passing is all about knowing how t adamb07/15/15
"Everyone I talk to has seemingly been putting in hard work bankofmouse07/15/15
I studied for 6 hours a day (10am to 4pm), 6 days a week, fo anonattempt07/15/15
[deleted] double post anonattempt07/15/15
I started right after the July 4 long weekend and put in epi onehell07/15/15
^ Agree with this. I would focus 65-70% MBE and 30-35% on hairypalms07/15/15
I studied while working full time. You don't need to Ace the nowayoutttt07/15/15
I followed the online PMBR program, and worked their schedul trollfeeder07/15/15
I barely studied until about 3 weeks before the exam and the uknownvalue07/15/15
I took the bar right after law school and failed. I then wor justrmor07/15/15
Had three kids, including a newborn at the time. Started stu mnjd07/15/15
I didn't ask for these stories but I sure appreciate them. 3lol07/15/15
My buddy's laptop crashed during day 1, the essay portion. H inhouselife07/15/15
I wouldn't be overly concerned. As long as you're putting q nubiansage07/15/15
Seconded - the MBE is very important. To a certain degree yo lazlo07/15/15
I'm sorry but I forgot to address the success story. On the nubiansage07/15/15
Back when I was drinking too much, I'd grab a sixer after Ba nonlinearjdmba07/15/15
I failed the bar multiple times before ultimately passing. hairypalms07/15/15
I'll tell you how I made it... I did 75% of the Themis cours flyer1407/15/15
My story was similar to this one. Themis, mostly done but a diligentsolo07/17/15
I went to Barbri from 9:00-1:00 every day, ate lunch, studie tdkerabatsos07/15/15
honestly, i appreciate all this. frizzzx8607/15/15
Success story: I basically effed off for the first month of legalmessenger07/16/15
"But take solace in this: whether or not you pass, you don't uknownvalue07/17/15
Bump. anymore success stories? goorange88801/08/17
12 hours a day for 3 months? F*ck that noise. I treate starchild07/16/15
No more than five hours a day. 3.5 hours on doing essays an getpaidtoleech07/16/15
I did the BARBRI self-study. I started watching the lessons supesnation07/16/15
I didn't even know that I would be allowed to sit for the ba unemployable07/16/15
The first time I took the CBX, my thyroid was so far off tha propita07/16/15
in almost every state if you kill it on the MBE you will pas tttsolo07/16/15
I took and passed a July '14 bar exam using Themis (complete flharfh07/16/15
That sucks for random bro but I really don't have too much s 3lol07/16/15
I could not keep up with BarBri schedule and listened to peo ibrslave07/16/15
I did the BarBri course. The classes were in the morning, af acerimmer07/16/15
I took the July 2010 bar exam I passed it on my first try, t sprinth07/17/15
Did you leave your JD on your resume or take it off? acerimmer07/17/15
It is nowhere near as difficult as you think it is. Literal lolwutjobs07/17/15
It really is nowhere near as difficult as people make it out dildaman07/19/15
I took two states (NY/NJ) and I passed two states (NY/NJ). S isthisit01/09/17
Studied. Passed. tcpaul01/09/17
Treated it like a full time job. Completed over 98% of Them mtobeinf01/09/17
Did Themis. Completed maybe 75-80 percent. Worked hard and d 3lol01/09/17
Failed the first time by 3 points. I was lazy and didn't st junkwired01/09/17
Took it cold. Passed dingbat01/09/17
Clarence Darrow over here eh? mtobeinf01/09/17
perhaps I omitted 5 words: "Took it cold. failed. studied dingbat01/09/17
Hahaha. RFK then. Not bad. mtobeinf01/09/17
Got sworn in as soon as I graduated. #OnWisconsin bigsal01/09/17



newbie1 (Jul 15, 2015 - 2:53 pm)

I am slightly freaking out (and by slightly I mean absolutely). I have been lazily studying since May and just amped it up beginning of July. However, I still have a few subjects that I need to master in these next 13 days. Everyone I talk to has seemingly been putting in hard work since May. I am taking in a state that has approx. 85% passage rate but I feel inadequate and I feel like there is no time.

Can anyone please comfort me with personal success stories that do not go something like... "I studied 12 hours a day for 3 months and that is the only way to do it"

THANK YOU.

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frizzzx86 (Jul 15, 2015 - 4:10 pm)

i need this too. i am in the same boat. i feel like i havent done enough. i amped it up a month ago, with light studying on weekends. things are sticking but i dont know if its enough. my MBE has gone from 45% to 70% but ive been working on actual MBE questions, not the harder ones barbri or others make up so i don't really know how to gauge my progress.

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roadrage (Jul 19, 2015 - 7:15 pm)

First time I took the bar, studied for 4 months, 4-8 hours a day, escalating three weeks from the day of the bar exam. Did every practice essay my state had to offer for the last 10 years of bar exams, hundreds and hundreds of MBE questions etc. This state is in the top 5 most difficult bar exams. 3-day bar. PASSED.

Second state I took the bar in, no bar prep class, craigslist used BarBri and Kaplan books, studies 2-3 hours per day for 2 months, with longer sessions on the weekends. Chose to completely ignore 1 section of the law because I couldnt be bothered. This state is in the top 5 most difficult bar exams. 3-day bar. PASSED.

Third state I took the bar in, no bar prep class, craigslist only used MBE Q&A books. Pretended to study 1-2 hours every 2-3 days or so. Ramped it up 3 weeks before the bar exam date mostly because I didn't want to waste the money I paid to register for the exam, hotels, rental car etc. Pretty much only focused on MBE didn't do a single practice essay. This was a UBE exam so compared to the previous two it was dirt easy. 2-day bar in a snowstorm. PASSED.

Basically with the 85% pass rate, as long as you amped up in time you should pass. Remember the bar exam is mostly mental, even when you BS the essay you're bound to get a point or two if it is "holistic" grading. Also Do a ton of MBE questions. If you truly suck at a particular area of the law, might as well abandon it now and focus on your strong subjects instead.

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jhbufford (Jul 15, 2015 - 3:12 pm)

Make sure that you have done hundreds and hundreds of multi-state practice questions and have written out responses to as many privious essay questions as possible. Spend your time taking practice tests so that you know how to answer the questions. Take test after test after test.... practice practice practice--- write out full answers to the practice essays.... There is no substiution for actually taking the tests...

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adamb (Jul 15, 2015 - 3:20 pm)

Work smarter, not harder. Passing is all about knowing how to stucture a good essay answer. Arriving at the right answer is less important than issue spotting and analyzing.

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bankofmouse (Jul 15, 2015 - 3:21 pm)

"Everyone I talk to has seemingly been putting in hard work since May."

Don't give too much credence to FB posts about how hard people are studying for the bar. For everything hour of study, they are probably spending 30-45 min on social media or obsessively looking at the news - so studying for 12 hours a day probably means more like 6 - 8 at best.

I went to my brother's wedding and a family reunion for about 2 weeks. I took the outlines and told myself I would study. But as you can guess, those books stayed in my suitcase the entire time. I didn't even bother doing any MBE practice questions. When I got back, I was way behind on my bar course. I didn't bother deluding myself into thinking I could get caught up. I just basically started do my own thing and started skipping things that I didn't think were helpful or that weren't likely to be on the test and just focused on the subjects that recur frequently across exams. I even bought a condensed outline to basically memorize rules so I could at least regurgitate those and earn some points in the event an essay came up on an unfamiliar topic.

I passed on the first try and with a pretty decent cushion. Take away - don't worry too much about what others are doing, it will just undermine your confidence.

By the way, I know of at least two people who regularly posted on FB about how busy they were studying for the bar that ended up failing.

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anonattempt (Jul 15, 2015 - 3:32 pm)

I studied for 6 hours a day (10am to 4pm), 6 days a week, for 2.5 months, and PWND the bar exam.

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onehell (Jul 15, 2015 - 3:36 pm)

I started right after the July 4 long weekend and put in epic marathon days where I just sat in front of the computer answering MicroMash MBE software questions like a click monkey doc reviewer. I kept going until the software said I was ready. Passed with one of the highest scores in the state.

I found that you don't have to really learn or memorize anything that way; it just sorta gets absorbed by osmosis. Also, most of the essays are really about MBE subjects anyway, so the point is that the MBE is by far and away the most important part of the test. I listened to some pre-recorded lectures and read/outlined some released past essay questions, but it really is 95% MBE, no matter what the state tells you about the score weights.

Now that MM is gone, I recommend Adaptibar.

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hairypalms (Jul 15, 2015 - 9:47 pm)

^ Agree with this. I would focus 65-70% MBE and 30-35% on essays. When studying for the MBE, you are essentially studying for essays, at least for essays covering MBE subjects. Strive to do well on the MBE to offset the possibility that one or a couple of essay questions will completely throw you. There is more control with the MBE - you know what's coming your way. With the essays, you just never know. Under the stress of the situation (or lack of time), the fact pattern may throw you for a loop and you're left scratching your head while the clock keeps ticking. The stress and anxiety is palpable. Glad I'm admitted.

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nowayoutttt (Jul 15, 2015 - 3:37 pm)

I studied while working full time. You don't need to Ace the test. You just need to score better than 15% of the people taking it. Make sure you structure the essays properly. At most, the graders will spend a couple minutes reading your answer. Make it easy for them.

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trollfeeder (Jul 15, 2015 - 3:39 pm)

I followed the online PMBR program, and worked their schedule. I would just camp out at a Starbucks, drink coffee, occasionally socialize with regulars, watched the lecture, and did questions for the rest of the day. I would rinse and repeat for a while. I did two simulated MBEs, did about 6 graded essays, and I passed easy. If you put in the work and keep your cool, you will be fine. The anxiety is worse than the difficulty of the exam.

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uknownvalue (Jul 15, 2015 - 3:43 pm)

I barely studied until about 3 weeks before the exam and then I crammed like crazy. Of course diligent studying is probably best, but to save time, sometimes I would just read the answer explanations for the MBE. For the state essays I never practiced, I just read the sample essays - again to save time. I felt like I failed and probably retained nothing, but I did pass.

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justrmor (Jul 15, 2015 - 3:56 pm)

I took the bar right after law school and failed. I then worked in a government relations firm in DC for 10 years. Two years ago, I took the bar again. I pretty much only did practice tests and MBE questions and I passed. It is a difficult test, but not impossible. The best thing you can do going forward is to take as many practice tests as possible. You will begin to see patterns in what questions are asked and how they are asked. Goo luck!

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mnjd (Jul 15, 2015 - 5:40 pm)

Had three kids, including a newborn at the time. Started studying January 2. Studied anywhere between 2-6 hours a day by doing lots of MBEs and reading essays over and over to memorize rules. 2 hours on the weekend. The last two weeks I went down to about 2 hours a day with no weekends. Could not concentrate long enough. Took the UBE passed with a 310 when a 260 was passing.

My Strategy:
Do 10-20 MBEs a day at least in each subject (this prepares you for essays as well)
Read past essays over and over (they only test on certain subjects)
Critical Flash Cards every night

I also worked full-time up until February 1st.

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3lol (Jul 15, 2015 - 5:55 pm)

I didn't ask for these stories but I sure appreciate them.

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inhouselife (Jul 15, 2015 - 7:34 pm)

My buddy's laptop crashed during day 1, the essay portion. He was about to meltdown and panic, but found it in him to rally. He rallied, and his laptop crashed again on the morning of Day 3. He still rallied, and passed the bar.

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nubiansage (Jul 15, 2015 - 7:52 pm)

I wouldn't be overly concerned. As long as you're putting quality time to study you should all be fine. Having passed the bar myself I would just say to really prepare well for the MBE because in most states it's worth nearly or at 50% of your score. Investing time on the MBE topics will also solidify your understanding of the bar topics on the essay portion.

As for time invested it's not the amount of time spent studying but it is the quality that should matter. If you can get quality study time at 4-6 hours per day then that should be sufficient. At least that's what worked for me and I consider myself an average student. But if you need more then use it. Just don't measure your chances at passing by the amount of time invested.

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lazlo (Jul 15, 2015 - 8:44 pm)

Seconded - the MBE is very important. To a certain degree you can BS on essays, but not on the MBE.

As long as you're studying every day, doing practice questions and reviewing weaknesses, you'll be fine. My personal story: I actually moved back home 2 weeks before the bar exam to take it in my state (law school out of state, but not that far away). 2 weeks before that I had to deal with packing stuff up, and the day before didn't do much studying at all.

Also, my last full-length Barbri exam I got something like 105 out of 200 questions right, which sent me panicking. Day of the exam? 130 out of 200, scaled score of 146, no problem passing.

From personal knowledge the only new law grads taking the exam the first time who failed were those who started studying after July 4, or something catastrophic happened to them just before or during the exam (getting sick, computer crashing).

You'll all do fine; don't forget to take a breather once in a while. Good luck!

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nubiansage (Jul 15, 2015 - 7:57 pm)

I'm sorry but I forgot to address the success story. On the first day of the exam I experienced a slight vertigo spell. It was manageable and I could still function but it was annoying on that first day. I had to really concentrate with so much intensity just to get through the first day of essay writing. It went away later in the day and it didn't occur again during the remainder of the exam. I passed.

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nonlinearjdmba (Jul 15, 2015 - 8:32 pm)

Back when I was drinking too much, I'd grab a sixer after BarBri, go to the top floor, back corner of the library, and sip beers / watch shows instead of studying. Sometimes, I'd study, but mostly I'd drink and watch cooking shows.

I passed no problem.

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hairypalms (Jul 15, 2015 - 9:33 pm)

I failed the bar multiple times before ultimately passing. The main reason is I failed on my 1st attempt, then obtained a firm job, and took a number of bar exams in another state trying to pass while working 2,000+ billable hours per year. It is very hard to do when working full time. I was let go from my job for failure to pass the bar, and then was able to pass the bar on the next administration. I studied 5-6 days a week for about 3-4 months, 6-10 hours a day. Two weeks before the exam, you need to be putting in 8-10 hour days, including weekends. At a certain point, the material "clicks" with you. It's almost as if you are "one" with the material. That is what you should strive for. I am now barred in 3 jurisdictions and work in-house for a multinational corporation. Personally, I liked BarBri. Make your outlines based on the class notes, type them up in a condensed fashion, or better yet, find some outlines from someone who has already prepared them in your jurisdiction and add/modify them accordingly.

I don't think PMBR is worth the aggravation. I think you should be fine with the questions provided by BarBri as long as you do them. Essays are obviously more difficult for most people. Get all the past questions/answers. Take each one and try to answer full questions without looking at the model answer. I would wait until midway through your bar prep to start doing essays since you will want the black letter law to start rolling off your tongue. It doesn't make much sense to start doing the essays until you thoroughly refresh your memory of black letter law from your 1L year, which you have undoubtedly forgotten quite a bit by graduation. Glad I don't have to take this thing anymore. Put in the time, and don;t look back. Without a doubt, the hardest exam I have ever taken, particularly from a time management perspective. Good luck.

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flyer14 (Jul 15, 2015 - 9:38 pm)

I'll tell you how I made it... I did 75% of the Themis course and passed comfortably. I averaged 4-6 hours a day studying, followed by 4-6 hours of being distracted.

Every time I did an MBE practice question and got it wrong, I would stop and write down a one sentence summary of the rule governing the question. I would do this by hand so it ingrained into my brain a little better.

I didn't care about the timer or if I ran late because I knew time wasn't going to be an issue (it wasn't on the exam, not even close). And I would encourage you to not care about time while trying to nail down the rules of law.

Once you can get the rules of law down better, that'll help tremendously with the essay questions.

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diligentsolo (Jul 17, 2015 - 6:12 pm)

My story was similar to this one. Themis, mostly done but a lot left to do. Several hours a day. Time wasn't an issue. However, after I took the bar exam I "knew" I failed. Fortunately, when the results came out I was pleasantly surprised. I think my multiple choice carried the day.

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tdkerabatsos (Jul 15, 2015 - 11:10 pm)

I went to Barbri from 9:00-1:00 every day, ate lunch, studied from 2:00-7:30. Then usually just chilled out while watching sports (definitely recommended) and drank either a bottle of wine or 5-6 beers (not recommended). I passed easily.

Biggest tip, type it on a computer if you have the option. I realized 20 minutes into my Secured Transactions essay that I'd gone completely the wrong direction. I was able to cut and paste the good parts of my answer and fix the problems, while staying within my allotted time for the question. If I'd had to cross everything out and handwrite from scratch, it would have been a problem.

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frizzzx86 (Jul 15, 2015 - 11:19 pm)

honestly, i appreciate all this.

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legalmessenger (Jul 16, 2015 - 12:01 am)

Success story: I basically effed off for the first month of allotted prep time, then caught up but never felt very confident. I figured that there was a 50/50 chance I wouldn't pass.

Day one was essays, and it seemed so easy. Everyone was elated and congratulatory, high fiving at the lunch break, drinking at the hotel, etc. Then came the MBE on day 2. People came out of the testing room in tears, faces strained with disbelieving shame and horror. I knew I had failed it. There was barely a single question that I knew the answer to. But I easily passed. Turns out (and this was told to me by the Themis rep) that in her experience, the most confident students after the bar exam were also the ones most likely to have failed it.

Interesting anecdote: watch for puke. When my buddy and I were eating breakfast at the hotel on day one, I saw a guy duck his head into the garbage pail and make a little retching sound.

"Did bro just hurl?" I asked my friend.

A minute later, the guy was back in the garbage can spewing and heaving for almost a minute. I felt terrible for him. Found out later he was a second time test taker. I heard another tale in which a girl barfed while taking the test, blew chunks all over her lap top, wiped it down with towels in the bathroom, then came back in to finish the test. I have no idea if she passed.

I took the winter bar and most people were second or third time test takers. The tension was palpable, but also the sense of defeat and humiliation was everywhere. It rubbed off on me and I became convinced that I had failed. My exam had one of the lowest pass rates in state history, and about 40 % of my class failed it. It's a crap shoot and I still feel like luck is a huge factor.

I realize this is not an uplifting post. But take solace in this: whether or not you pass, you don't start feeling like a true failure until that first month of practice as a real lawyer. Just my two cents, YMMV.

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uknownvalue (Jul 17, 2015 - 12:22 pm)

"But take solace in this: whether or not you pass, you don't start feeling like a true failure until that first month of practice as a real lawyer."

Lol, so true.

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goorange888 (Jan 8, 2017 - 4:19 pm)

Bump. anymore success stories?

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starchild (Jul 16, 2015 - 12:22 am)

12 hours a day for 3 months?

F*ck that noise.

I treated it like a job. 9-5, five days a week. Barbri in the morning, lunch, multiple choice practice in the evening, then the gym. Passed.

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getpaidtoleech (Jul 16, 2015 - 2:59 am)

No more than five hours a day. 3.5 hours on doing essays and checking against model answers (no more than 2 subject areas a day), 1.5 hours on 10-20 chunk MBE questions a time, checking answers and looking up why you got them wrong. 3 weeks of that and you can pass any bar exam anywhere. I passed the NY bar while working as an associate full-time, just studying some nights and weekend days. This sh$t isn't rocket science. You need to memorize 20-30 route recitations of the law to head up any possible essay issue and then get your MBE questions down, and you're golden. Good luck, but keep calm. Someday you might live with 2+ toddlers in your house and find out what real stress is.

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supesnation (Jul 16, 2015 - 8:58 am)

I did the BARBRI self-study. I started watching the lessons in the morning when I got up around 11. Probably fell asleep half-way through. Spent the afternoons playing Borderlands with my buddy who is a stay-at-home dad. That's how things went from like May through June. Once July hit, I started doing questions. Probably like 100 per day. Didn't care if I got them wrong or right because I was really only looking for the explanations. I don't think I did a single essay. I just read through the sample answers. I've got a pretty good memory and figured if I had seen enough of what was correct, I could apply the answers to questions with similar fact patterns.

The only time I really hit it hard was when I took the test. I crammed everything I had done in and around July into the days I took the exam. The night before, I reviewed a bunch of question answers and essay answers. After the first day, I went back to the place I was staying and just read essay answers till the cows came home. I doubt I slept more than 5 hours between the two days.

Anyway, I passed on the first attempt. My jurisdiction had an overall pass rate of some 80% that year.

The bottom line -- you've got to do whatever is best for you. Building your schedule to mimic someone else isn't going to fit very well.

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unemployable (Jul 16, 2015 - 2:33 pm)

I didn't even know that I would be allowed to sit for the bar until 12 days before the exam (thanks, Character and Fitness). Prior to that, I was only studying 3-4 hours a day while working 40+ hours a week. In the end, I think I only ended up completing roughly 40% of my online bar study course. Passed easily - you'll be fine.

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propita (Jul 16, 2015 - 2:49 pm)

The first time I took the CBX, my thyroid was so far off that my writing didn't even read like mine. Yeah, I blew it. I had been studying at least 10 hours/day but retaining little. Bad thyroid affects a body's entire metabolism, so I was cognitively impaired. So my essays/PTs were sh!t but I passed the MBEs.

I waited a year before taking it again, to get my med levels right. Then, I was studying just 4 hours/day and couldn't believe how much was retained! It was MUCH easier. Finished the MBEs a half hour early each time, stopped typing essays/PTs early enough to do spellchecks. I misspelled "liability" like 6 different ways.

Uh, yeah, passed the second time.

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tttsolo (Jul 16, 2015 - 3:37 pm)

in almost every state if you kill it on the MBE you will pass with flying colors. i took bar bri and broke down the conviser into flashcards. keep grinding out mbe ?'s and carefully review the answers over and over. a few nights before the test try taking some natural sleep supplement like melatonin. without it i would have probably been unable to sleep at all the night before the test.

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flharfh (Jul 16, 2015 - 4:39 pm)

I took and passed a July '14 bar exam using Themis (completed ~80%) and passed. My thoughts:

I studied for 3-6 hours per day from late May to the exam. Slow and steady is the best way to go and will prevent you from burning out. One day a week do no studying whatsoever, unless you are way behind.

Learn how your state weighs each portion of the bar exam and study accordingly. As others in this thread have mentioned, if you can master the MBE you will automatically pass in many jurisdictions.

Spend a half day doing 2-3 practice MPTs and then move on. You can't really "study" for this portion other than knowing how the process works and how to answer the questions.

The only chemical assistance I used was lots of caffeine and OTC sleep meds the nights before both days of the exam.

Horror story: the bar administrators told us repeatedly that you couldn't bring your phone into the exam with you. Sure enough, during the afternoon session of the first day, random bro's phone went off. He was escorted out of the exam by a uniformed cop and was heard loudly begging and pleading in the hallway to be let back in(he was not). Don't be that guy - leave your phone in your car or take the battery out so you absolutely know it is off.

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3lol (Jul 16, 2015 - 5:23 pm)

That sucks for random bro but I really don't have too much sympathy for him.

Edit: I didn't see cigarettes on the list of Non-Prohibited Items. Can I squeeze that under the definition of "Medication?"

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ibrslave (Jul 16, 2015 - 5:40 pm)

I could not keep up with BarBri schedule and listened to people at the sessions who were keeping up. I found time to drink some beers, workout, and spend time with significant other. I was stressed the f out before exam and drank beer nights before exams to go to sleep. Knew I blew one EASY, major essay question entirely (excessive attorney's fees), and really scrambled on essay that was heavily weighted. Thought I failed but killed the MBE and the heavily weighted essay. Never bothered to see what sections I screwed up. Easily passed.

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acerimmer (Jul 16, 2015 - 11:52 pm)

I did the BarBri course. The classes were in the morning, afterwards I took a nap every day, and then did some reading.

Took the test, passed it the first time, back in 2009. Then the job market showed up to break my kneecaps with an iron rod!

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sprinth (Jul 17, 2015 - 2:41 am)

I took the July 2010 bar exam I passed it on my first try, then was unemployed for a year. Currently working in a non-attorney position.

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acerimmer (Jul 17, 2015 - 5:56 pm)

Did you leave your JD on your resume or take it off?

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lolwutjobs (Jul 17, 2015 - 11:38 pm)

It is nowhere near as difficult as you think it is. Literally, only 15% of people fail. Passed, with ease, for studying M-F, beginning in June, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Also, BarBri progress bar is only to scare you. I completed like 10% of it. I genuinely believe most people fail because they psych themselves out.

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dildaman (Jul 19, 2015 - 8:39 pm)

It really is nowhere near as difficult as people make it out to be. I studied about 5 hours a day, 5 days a week for the entire bar prep period. I decided BarBri AMP was a waste of time. After the first two weeks, I focused on doing the sample MBEs on an iPad and alternately reading the subject outlines. Aside from the video about MYLEGS I didn't think the lectures really helped. About three weeks before the exam I started prepping by taking the sample tests every Saturday. I probably was on the lower end of the spectrum in terms time spent on bar preparation but had no problems on the actual exam.

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isthisit (Jan 9, 2017 - 2:07 am)

I took two states (NY/NJ) and I passed two states (NY/NJ). Success.

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tcpaul (Jan 9, 2017 - 8:27 am)

Studied. Passed.

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mtobeinf (Jan 9, 2017 - 8:31 am)

Treated it like a full time job. Completed over 98% of Themis. Only took off the day I graduated. Absolutely dominated the test. It was rather easy. No sympathy for those that fail because it is not difficult in any sense of the term aside from it being a marathon and the materials exhaustive. I would never take it again because I paid my dues. But it was one of the easier tests I've ever taken. Simply hours worked. And I took my Great Aunt to Chemo every day and radiation as well for her cancer treatment. So cry me a river with how hard it is or how you failed despite being a special snowflake. World's smallest violin over here. Welcome to the show kids. You're in my world now.

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3lol (Jan 9, 2017 - 9:22 am)

Did Themis. Completed maybe 75-80 percent. Worked hard and did the exercises, but also spent copious amounts of time lying in the sun and blowing up fireworks that summer. Took the NY portion and felt alright, I suppose. Took the MBE and felt like it was brutal. Passed by a substantial margin.

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junkwired (Jan 9, 2017 - 10:45 am)

Failed the first time by 3 points. I was lazy and didn't study enough.

For my next shot I took 3 weeks of work off and studied every day from 9am to 6pm, breaking only for food. Passed it easily. Actually might have went overboard, but you can't be too safe when your job is on the line.

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dingbat (Jan 9, 2017 - 2:04 pm)

Took it cold. Passed

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mtobeinf (Jan 9, 2017 - 2:17 pm)

Clarence Darrow over here eh?

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dingbat (Jan 9, 2017 - 2:19 pm)

perhaps I omitted 5 words:
"Took it cold. failed. studied my ass off. passed"

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mtobeinf (Jan 9, 2017 - 2:19 pm)

Hahaha. RFK then. Not bad.

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bigsal (Jan 9, 2017 - 5:50 pm)

Got sworn in as soon as I graduated.

#OnWisconsin

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